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  • Writer's pictureDominic Konareski

The Halo Is A True Life Saving Device

Updated: May 17, 2023

On Sunday Formula One went to Italy for the Italian Grand Prix as the title race between Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. Both drivers would collide in a truly terrifying crash that led Max Verstappen’s car to land right on top of Lewis Hamilton’s head (for full details of crash check out our NYSSF1 article here.)

The only reason Lewis Hamilton is still here with us today is because of the halo. The halo is a curved bar made of titanium that is placed on the car's cockpit as a protection system for the drivers head as F1 cars have exposed cockpits, it is connected to the frame of the car by three points. The halo has been credited most famously on saving Romain Grosjean’s life and now saving Lewis Hamilton’s. The halo came out several years ago to help cope with the ever increasing driver injury and death race in open wheeled sports, but when it first was released many criticized it saying that it was ugly looking, those same people are now saying how much they love it.

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